In the past 6 weeks I’ve been testing out a new theory on my body with some interesting results.
You see, I’m the type of guy that loves to treat my body as a scientific experiment.
Every single workout stimuli that I test on my body gives me a better understanding of the theory proposed in the workout.
I gotta be honest and say that some of the programs I’ve tried have utterly sucked. Like really bad.
(And it’s even worse when the author tries to convince me to promote the product.)
On the other hand some programs are just incredible and have become staples in my toolbox for physique transformation.
Example: For fat loss I love rotating around different types of circuit training that use compound movements as I’ve found that tool best for losing fat at a faster rate than most.
Another example would be physique training for creating a nice muscular tone on my body to look like those “Hollywood” superstar actors.
It’s never one or the other and it’s a big reason why I can’t stand some of the dogma surrounding the industry where people use ONE type of workout for every single situation.
Another mistake people (and myself) make is thinking that you can use only one tool to reach a specific goal.
So they go through the same old routine and motions when what their body needs is a SHOCK to the system.
Your body thrives on reacting to the different stimuli you place upon it. You can’t be caught doing the same old program every single time.
You’ll get bored and its effectiveness on your body will be reduced the more times you introduce it.
Well, admittedly this was a mistake I was making time and time again.
I’d choose the programs that worked best for me in the past thinking that I’d get the same benefit from them.
This past summer I chose to do a program that I’ve done 2 times in the past with very disparaging results.
It wasn’t that the workout sucked. The first time I did it it actually got me into photo shoot ready shape.
But, as time worn on and my body got more efficient at doing the workout my results inevitably started to suffer.
Also, boredom set in. When you’re doing the same thing over and over it just becomes redundant.
So I needed to change things up.
I needed to give a jolt to my body and especially my mind with a brand new workout.
Before, I had been doing a body part split to achieve the physique results I wanted. I’d hit up my body parts on certain days and split them up according to what was on the plan.
While this technique is incredible at building muscle and developing incredible muscle tone to your body it does start to dilute as time wears on.
The idea behind body part split training is to blitz a muscle group and let it recover for 48-72 hours.
This is “blitz, rest, and recover” model is what most of us have been taught to use to gain strength and add muscle.
…but is this the best (or only) way to train?
Enter the Visual Frequency Experiment
The dominant Eastern European Olympic teams don’t think so.
In fact, most high level athletes don’t blitz and rest a muscle to increase their performance.
High level Olympic Athletes train their movements daily leading up to a contest.
The “athletic community” follows a different set of rules than the typical “gym based” resistance training community.
The dominant Soviet Weightlifting teams of the 70’s and 80’s found that repetition and workout frequency was the key to rapid improvements in strength and performance.
Bodybuilding “breakdown training” was to be avoided.
When muscle breakdown is avoided the muscle can worked many more times in a given period of time.
In the case of the Soviet and Bulgarian teams…they figured out a way to train each movement with 2-3X the frequency of the Western Olympic teams.
Complete dominance over the US and other nations training each movement less frequently.
Makes sense, right?
…they got the advantage of practicing a lift 3X more than their Western counterparts.
If this proven path to strength is right in front of us, why don’t we see more people training in this manner -vs- using a body part split?
Answer: Most people attempting this are still holding on to too many “bodybuilding principles”…which sabotages their ability to dramatically improve strength levels.
Tomorrow, I’m going to send out an email that will outline the best way to train in the gym if you want to experience the rapid results of the Eastern Bloc countries. If you’re not on the email list then subscribe on the right.
PS: You don’t have to train using Olympic style lifts to benefit from this approach.
It’s the proper programming that matters most.
So you can use these same principles to improve your bench press, squat, shoulder press, etc.
Look for an email titled “How to Avoid Muscle Breakdown to Dramatically Increase Strength”.
Pps. If you’re wondering what my results were of doing this program it’ll be in the next email as well 🙂